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Stan Parrish
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Title Head Coach
College Ball State University
Sport Football
Team record 2-11
Born September 20, 1946 (1946-09-20) (age 63)
Place of birth Cleveland, Ohio
Career highlights
Overall 59-52-3
Bowls 0-1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1965-1968 Heidelberg College
Position Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wabash College
Kansas State
Rutgers (asst.)
Michigan (OC)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(ast.)
Ball State (OC)
Ball State

Stan Parrish (born September 20, 1946) is the head college football coach at Ball State University.[1] He was previously head coach at Wabash College, Marshall University and Kansas State University.

Parrish is a graduate of Heidelberg College, where he played defensive back from 1965-1968.


Coaching career

After graduating from Heidelberg, Parrish began his coaching career at Windham High School in Windham, Ohio in 1969. He coached the Bombers first as an assistant, then as head coach.[2] In 1975, Parrish joined the staff at Purdue University as a graduate assistant.[3]


Wabash College

Parrish had a highly-successful 42-3-1 stay as head coach at Division III Wabash College from 1979-1982, where he coached future NFL player Pete Metzelaars. Parrish was the 29th head coach for the Little Giants in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and he held that position for five seasons, from 1978 until 1982. As of the 2007 season, Parrish's record at Wabash is ranked second in winning percentage (0.924).[4]

While at Wabash, Parrish also coached the tennis team.

Marshall University

In 1984, Parrish was hired as head football coach at Marshall University. In two years at Marshall, Parrish helped establish a lasting winning tradition for the school. In 1984, Parrish led Marshall to a 6-5 record, Marshall's first winning season in twenty years and the first since the team's 1970 air disaster. The following year, the Thundering Herd went undefeated at home and earned a #3 national ranking (in NCAA Division I-AA) early in the season before fading to a 7-3-1 record. Partly as a result of the back-to-back winning seasons, plans for a new stadium at Marshall were in place before the next season began. Parrish left Marshall following the 1985 season to take the head coaching job at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University

Parrish was not able to repeat his success at K-State in his three years as head coach. From 1986 to 1988 Parrish posted a 2-30-1 mark (.076 winning percentage). Parrish was fired after his team posted an 0-11 record in the 1988 season, and replaced by Bill Snyder.

Assistant coaching

After leaving Kansas State, Parrish served as an assistant head coach at Rutgers University from 1990-1995. For the following six years he coached at the University of Michigan, where he served as offensive coordinator in 2000 and 2001. As the quarterbacks coach he also worked with Brian Griese and benched Tom Brady for Drew Henson at Michigan. Parrish helped the Wolverines to a 1997 berth in the Rose Bowl and the school’s 11th national championship. Parrish spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2002, he tutored starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who led Tampa Bay to a 12-4 regular-season record and the first Super Bowl title in the franchise's history.

Parrish is enshrined in the Wabash College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Ball State University

Parrish was hired by head coach Brady Hoke as QB coach at Ball State following a one-year hiatus after leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The following season, he was promoted to offensive coordinator, while still keeping his QB coach duties. In the 2008 season, Ball State had a historically successful campaign, winning their first 12 games before falling to Buffalo in the MAC championship game. Hoke used this success as a springboard to securing the head coaching job at San Diego State, resigning prior to the team's appearance in the GMAC Bowl. Rather than follow Hoke to San Diego State, Parrish accepted the position as his successor at Ball State.[5] This is Parrish's first head coaching position in 20 years.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Wabash (Division III North Coast Athletic Conference) (1978–1982)
1978 Wabash 8-1
1979 Wabash 8-1
1980 Wabash 8-0-1
1981 Wabash 8-1
1982 Wabash 10-0
Wabash: 42-3-1
Marshall (Division I-AA Independent) (1984–1985)
1984 Marshall 6-5
1985 Marshall 7-3-1
Marshall: 13-8-1
Kansas State (Big Eight Conference) (1986–1988)
1986 Kansas State 2-9 1-6 8th
1987 Kansas State 0-10-1 0-6-1 7th (tie)
1988 Kansas State 0-11 0-7 8th
Kansas State: 2-30-1 1-19-1
Ball State (Mid-American Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Ball State 0-1 L GMAC Bowl
2009 Ball State 2-10 2-6 11th (tie)
Ball State: 2-11
Total: 59-52-3
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Dickey
Kansas State Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Bill Snyder
Preceded by
Brady Hoke
Ball State Cardinals Head Football Coaches
Succeeded by


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